Charles Fossey

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Charles Fossey (29 July 1869 – 27 November 1946) was a French assyriologist.[1] In education he was a follower and colleague of Émile Durkheim.

Living at the turn of the century, he made a significant contribution to the Assyriology and studies magic of Jerusalem. His work and contribution to science has remained unnoticed only because of the socio-political situation of the time.

Charles (Charles) Fosse (Fossey) was primarily an archaeologist. He organized a number of expeditions to the Middle East.

Fosse was a disciple of the famous French sociologist Emile Durkheim, that was reflected in the methodical side of his research in the field of social relations in Mesopotamia.

Charles Fosse had no high-profile titles or honors: his whole life was dedicated to one passion - Assyriology.

Nevertheless, he held the following positions:

  • Member of the French school in Athens (1894-1897).
  • The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Cairo (1897-1899).
  • Professor of Philosophy and Assyrian archeology at the College de France (1906-1939).
  • Director of Studies at the School of Practical Advanced Study (1907-1938).
  • Inspector east of printing in the National press.


  • La Magie assyrienne 1902
  • Manuel d'Assyriologie Paris, 1904
  • Jérusalem Magie Rituels, 1910


  1. ^ Jean Nougayrol Charles Fossey (1869-1946) Annuaire, Ecole pratique des hautes études (France). Section des sciences religieuses Impr. Nat, 1947 6pp

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